Holly man reaches deal for dousing wife with gas, setting her on fire


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man is awaiting sentencing after entering a plea deal on charges he doused his wife with gasoline and set her on fire.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports 55-year-old David John Garnett entered a no-contest plea after being charged with assault with intent to murder and arson. It’s not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Garnett is scheduled to return to court May 22 to learn his punishment. He’s been jailed on $1 million bond since his arrest.

Police say Garnett’s wife suffered second- and third-degree burns to one of her legs in February after an argument in their Holly home, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. She escaped through a bedroom window and sought help from neighbors.

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